Showing posts with label alcohol. Show all posts
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Whiskey Day- March 27

The whiskey drink has a very long history, dating back to the 15th century at least.

The name of the alcoholic drink comes from the Celtic languages, which are called "whiskey come" (uisge beatha in Irish or uisge baugh Scottish Gaelic): "water of life" (in Latin: Aqua Vitae).

Whiskey is the result of the process of distillation of various types of grains after they have undergone the process of lentil (drying the seeds of the grain after sprouting in high heat). The distilled liquid is aged in oak barrels.

Whiskey is one of the drinks with the highest alcohol content - most whiskey brands have 40 percent alcohol.

The whiskey is drunk in a special glass - a lowball cup with ice cubes.

Why celebrate International Whiskey Day on March 27?

International Whiskey Day was celebrated for the first time in 2009 at the Scotch Festival in North Holland, after it was announced in 2008. the day was founded in honor of Michael Jackson. No, not Michael Jackson R.I.P, the king of pop, but Michael Jackson, another famous English writer and journalist known for his love for whiskey, whose purpose was not only to raise awareness of whiskey and its charms but also to spread awareness of Parkinson's disease Jackson suffered in his late years. Michael Jackson died in 2007.  

How to celebrate International Whiskey Day?

You can celebrate with a small glass of whiskey, if you are allowed to legally. It is possible to donate to Parkinson's patients and to study the disease.

Whiskey in the jar, a traditional Irish song originating in the mountains of southern Ireland in the 1950s, by many artists (such as the Dubliners, Metelica, etc.) tells of a man who was betrayed by his wife and asks to take comfort in whiskey on tap.

March 27 is also World Theatre Day

Bartenders Day- 24 February

The bartender is everyone's favorite person out there at night. 
He would be well equipped with alcoholic beverages, will make you what you want, listen to you and serve you in any bar or pub you happen to visit it, as long as you have enough money and you're not too drunk to keep drinking! 

World Bartender day occurres on February 24 is a day designed to express appreciation to your local bar staff. They work hard to keep their customers happy and often do not receive proper payment! Always remember to be friendly to the bartender, Even if you have to wait for your drink or for his attention, because don't forget that there are a lot of people at the bar and loud music and usually it's difficult to hear. Say 'thank you' and 'Please', don't forget to smile and leave a tip. 
This will give you better service next time. 
Anyone wants a drink?

Tom Cruise in the movie Cocktail, 1988

Ted Lange-  Isaac Washington, Love Boat, 1977

Margarita Day- February 22

Today is Margarita Day, an alcoholic beverage that is basically a family of tequila-based cocktails, shaken in a shaker or mixed in a blender with ice.
The classic Margarita cocktail, officially recognized by the International Bartenders Association, consists of 35 ml of tequila, 15 ml of lime juice and 20 ml of Cointrea liqueur.
Margarita has a special cup named after her, in which the cocktail is served with her lip coated in a salt crown.

The margarita is said to have come from the name Margaret, and one of the hypotheses is that it was invented especially for the Sigfield dancer Marjorie King ("Margaret"), who used to cross the border from California to Mexico during the dry season in the USA in the 1930s, to drink it. Carlos " Danny Herrera is the one who created the recipe for the margarita Brancho La Gloria in Tijuana.
Another claim is that it was invented in Galveston, Texas by Santos Cruz for his favorite patron, singer Patti Lee.
There are two types of margarita:
Frozen margarita served as hail and consisting of natural fruit centers, tequila and orange liqueur, and smoked margarita that also includes 15 ml of scales and a crown of salt made from smoked salt.

A glass of margarita (Link)

February 22 is also Be Humble Day

Drinking Wine Day- February 18

February 18 is the National Wine Day.

The purpose of wine-drinking day is to spread the love and health that wine brings.

Wine plays an important role in history, religion, and relationships.

Wine is part of many religious ceremonies. In social events the wine is often used to break the ice and warm the atmosphere. The wine also symbolizes part of the blessing, and many times when a toast is raised, a toast is added to the toast.

Apart from its social benefits, wine is considered a healthy drink and cardiologists say drinking a glass of wine on a heart-healthy day.

Wine is an alcoholic beverage produced mostly from grapes, in an alcoholic fermentation process, when the sugar in the grapes becomes ethanol through yeast. Wine that is not made from grapes (like an alcoholic drink from passionflower, pomegranates or citrus) is called a brewery.

Animated gifs of wine

Fun facts about wine:  

The country that drinks the most red wine is China, where residents bought in 155 million boxes in which 9 liters of red wine. The French however are in second place with 150 million boxes. Red wine is especially popular in China because the red color is considered a lucky color. The color and the fact that the red wine is considered healthy, encourages the Chinese to buy and drink more and more red wine. Portugal and Italy are in fourth place.

In the US, the largest wine consumers are in California, New York and Florida. The country that drinks the most wine relative to the population is the Vatican, where the consumption of wine is 74 liters per person per year, that is about 99 bottles.

Red wine contains many beneficial antioxidants such as polyphenol and resveratrol which have heart-protecting properties and prevent cancer. The grape skins are especially rich in antioxidants. Red wine contains more antioxidants than white wine because it is fermented with the grape bark. Studies show that white wine is not only less effective in preventing disease, but may even increase the risk of cancer, especially in the gastrointestinal tract.

Wine improves sex life. When drinking wine regularly, it can increase libido. Italian research has shown that women who drink 2 cups of wine daily enjoy more sex than women who do not drink wine at all.

The names of the wines produced in Europe are named according to their geographical origin. For example, Bordeaux wine is produced in Bordeaux, France. The wines that are not from Europe almost always carry the name of the grape varieties - for example Cabernet Sauvignon from California.

The wine has existed in history for about 6,000 years. Ancient remains of wine were discovered in Iran from the beginning of the Neolithic period (8500-4000 BCE). The oldest evidence of cultivated vines was found in Georgia from 7,000 to 5000 BC It is believed that the fermentation of the wine was mistaken, and the yeast came in contact with the grapes stored in the containers and turned the sugars of the grapes into alcohol. And spread throughout the Mediterranean countries by the Greeks The Romans made wine popular throughout Europe and the Spaniards and other Europeans took the wine to the New World (America), Oceania (Australia, New Zealand and the region) and South Africa.

oenophobia- wine phobia- fear of wine.

Bloody Mary day- January 1

Bloody Mary Day is celebrated for the Bloody Mary drink, a cocktail made of vodka, tomato juice and other spices.

It is commonly believed that the drink was named after Queen Mary of England, Mary Bloody Mary, because during her rule she brutally executed hundreds of Protestant Christians in order to bring the English back to Catholic Christianity after her father, Henry VIII, (And executed hundreds of English Catholics in horrific ways).

In the picture: A 1910 painting of Mary I entered London in 1553, with her sister Elizabeth behind her. The painter: John Biam Shaw.

There are those who believe that the drink is named after Mary Pickford, who appeared in silent films during the period when the cinema was only a motion picture.

In the photo: Mary Pickford

The reason for choosing January 1 as the Bloody Mary day is probably because it is described as the perfect remedy against the hangover (although it contains alcohol), and many people suffer from hangover the day after New Year's Eve.

The Bloody Mary is served with a slice of lemon or stirring made of plastic or a carrot / celery stick.  

French brewer Fernand Petiot claimed he invented the drink in 1921 when he worked in New York in a pub called Harry's Bar, frequented by writer Ernst Hemingway and other American expatriates at the time.  

The veterinarian who became a writer, James Rawlins, claimed that the drink had been invented at Hemingway Bar at the Ritz Hotel in Paris. In a gossip column in the New York Herald Tribune, it was written on December 2, 1939, that the drink had been invented at the bar of Club 21 in New York, just before 1939, by the actor George Jessel who came to the place regularly and asked for vodka with Tomato juice. Another version says the drink was also invented at Club 21 in New York, in the 1930s, by bartender Henry Zbickiewicz.   

How to celebrate Bloody Mary Day?  

The best and easiest way is to invite some friends to drink Bloody Mary. Even if you have never drunk your drink, this is your chance to try the one of the most popular alcoholic drinks in the world.

Bloody Mary day

Bloody Mary day

January 1 is also Polar Bear Plunge Day and  Euro Day

Eggnog Day - December 24

Eggnog is a drink that is based on milk and eggs and is usually drunk in the US and Canada during the Christmas season, which lasts from the end of November to the end of December.
This Egg liqueur is a rich milk drink, full of cream, sweetened and frothy spiced with nutmeg or cinnamon, which is sometimes prepared with distilled spirits such as brandy, rum, whiskey or bourbon.
The egg liqueur evolved from Posset, a medieval European drink made from hot milk mixed with wine or ale to which spices are added. The drink was common only among the nobility because of its expensive ingredients that prevented the villagers from drinking it. In the cities the common people had no milk, and only the aristocracy could obtain it.
The first time the name "Egg Nog" was used was in 1775, when the clergyman and philologist Jonathan Butcher of Maryland wrote a poem about him that was surprisingly not published until 30 years after his death.

And this is the song he wrote:

“Fog-drams in the morn,
or better still eggnogg.
At night hot-suppings,
and at mid-day, grogg.
My palate can regale”

The first printed use of the term was in 1788 in a New Jersey newspaper on March 26, which referred to a young man drinking a glass of eggnog.
In the early 19th century, the drink came to the United States. Because of the taxes on brandy and wine, they used to make the bromine drink from the Caribbean. The drink soon became the popular Christmas drink in the United States.
Beginning in the 1960s, a commercial version of the alcoholic beverage, or a non-alcoholic version, began to be sold. During this time they began to serve the drink cold.

How to celebrate Eggnog Day?
You can make an eggnog at home, or buy it. If you have passed the age limit for alcohol, you can add alcohol to it.

December 24 is also Micronesia's Independence Day

Repeal Day - December 5

Repeal Day is an unofficial holiday in the United States in honor of the end of the prohibition on this date in 1933.

The prohibition was a period between 1920 and 1933 in which alcohol was outlawed throughout the United States.

The Prohibition Act was enacted on January 16, 1919 under the leadership of Andrew Volstead, an American member of the Republican Party from Minnesota, and entered the U.S. Constitution as the 18th Amendment.

It went into effect a year later, on January 16, 1920 and banned the production, transportation and sale of liquor throughout the United States.


From the moment the law went into effect, the dry season began in the United States.

The reason for enacting the law was the perception that the state should protect the citizens from the bad things they are doing to themselves and alcohol was a major cause of many damages.

For 13 years the drought laws have existed in the US but they have not been able to solve the problem. As you can probably imagine, people like to be free and decide for themselves what is good for them, so many opposed the law and thus developed a "black market" of alcohol that led to an increase in crime.

Mafia organizations began to engage in alcohol smuggling and distribution in a dangerous manner and the capitalists who wanted to return the trade in alcoholic beverages legally pressed the government to repeal the laws.

On December 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment to the United States Constitution was repealed repealing the 18th Amendment and ending the dry season that caused more trouble than good.

Interesting facts about the Prohibition

The United States was not the only country to enact laws against everything to do with alcohol. Russia, Iceland, Norway, Finland, and Prince Edward Island also experienced periods of drought during the 20th century.

Repeal Day is the only holiday in the United States that celebrates a change in their constitution.

The dry laws have contributed to the flourishing of gangster organizations, especially in Chicago which has become a haven for dry law violators. The most famous gangsters, like El Capone and his rival Bugs Moran, made millions of dollars from selling smuggled liquor. By the end of the turbulent 1920s El Capone controlled 10,000 pubs called Speakeasy in Chicago and the liquor business in the area between Canada and Florida.

Speakeasy (also called "Blind Pig" or "Blind Tiger") were institutions that illegally sold liquor. After the repeal of the Dryness Act, Speakeasy disappeared and today the term is used in the United States to describe pubsthat are unfamiliar with an intimate atmosphere, especially those that are far from large entertainment areas.

When the law went into effect, the law enforcement task was assigned to a special police force of 1,520 federal agents.

Many people have paid with their lives for trying to enforce the laws of drought. Eleven U.S. Coast Guard law enforcement personnel were killed between 1925 and 1927 in an attempt to thwart smuggling. In the Ministry of Finance, 56 people were killed between 1920 and 1927 when they tried to interfere with the mafia trading in alcohol. In the Ministry of Justice also 34 people were killed between 1930 and 1934. In addition to law enforcement, thousands of people have died from drinking counterfeit liquor.


Instead of reducing the scale of crime, the Drought Act turned some cities into battlefields between rival gangs engaged in liquor smuggling. The amount of crime only increased. During the years 1920–1921, acts of theft and burglary increased by 9%, murders by 12.7%, the number of assaults increased by 13%, drug use increased by 44.6% and police expenditure increased by 11.4%. All of these were mostly the result of so-called "black market violence" and the distraction from crimes unrelated to the law of drought.

The Drought Act has managed to change the habits of the population regarding alcohol consumption, but temporarily. It halved consumption during the 1920s but until the 1940s, the level of consumption returned to the level it was before the ban.

How to celebrate Repeal Day?

Go out and celebrate at the bar in the style of Speakeasy  as in the 1920s. Find a quiet and intimate neighborhood pub where you can have a drink with friends. Just make sure you have a driver who did not drink after the party.

If you are in the United States, you will see special promotions in honor of the Repal Day.

Try cocktails like Moscow Mule, Margarita, Martini, Manhattan, Daiquiri, Negroni, Old Fashion and more. Do not forget that there are mocktails too! Mocktails are refreshing cocktails that do not contain alcohol and allow you to enjoy a drink without suffering from hangovers and without fogging your senses. If you are under 18, the cocktails are great for you to celebrate Repeal Day.

Happy Repeal Day!


End of Prohibition - Farewell 18th Amendment
Celebrating End of Prohibition - Farewell 18th Amendment

December 5th is also Ninja Day and Soil Day

Punch Day- September 20

The name of the drink Punch comes from the Hindi word "punch", meaning five.

On the day of the punch, celebrate with the traditional punch drink, which uses five ingredients - alcohol (usually rum or airy drinks), lemon (or other fruits), sugar, water, and tea (or other spices, eg cinnamon).

The punch is served cold or hot, and it is also possible without alcohol.

The source of the punch is in India. He arrived in England by sailors and workers of the British East India Company at the beginning of the 17th century. Later it was distributed to other European countries. The advantage was that when you prepare a large amount and share it, it is cheaper than a regular alcoholic cocktail.

Since then there has been a lot of punch around the world, and it has spread to other countries such as the Caribbean, Korea and Mexico and has become a traditional refreshment at parties served in large large bowls.

Round Punch bowl (source)

Piña Colada Day- July 10

On the 10th of July, the Caribbean National Day is celebrated in the Caribbean.

The Pina Colada is a drink with a long and glorious history. The name of the cocktail in Spanish is "tense pineapple" (pineapple, colada-taut). Pina Colada is a drink identified with the Caribbean and since 1978 it is considered the national drink of Puerto Rico.

There is an argument between three different bartenders from the Hilton Hotel in San Juan about who invented the Pina Colada, and each claims to be the first. In any case, the first time according to their version of the drink was in 1948, on the exotic shore of the hotel.


But, as befits a tropical-drink, its history is not so simple and the question of its original recipe has an unsolved mystery. One of the stories relates the recipe to the most repulsive captain of the pirates, Mr. Roberto Coopersi, who sailed in the Caribbean waters around Puerto Rico in the early 19th century. The captain invented the drink to raise the morale of the ship's crew, but the recipe was lost after his death in 1825.

It does not matter to us who made the drink, but how to make it.



Basic recipe of Pina Colada:

60 ml coconut liqueur (preferably malibu)

30 ml rum

120 ml pineapple juice

60 ml sweet cream

Mix all ingredients with crushed ice until a smooth drink is formed, pour into a cooled glass, decorate with a slice of pineapple or other tropical fruit and a small umbrella and serve.

Anisette Day - July 2nd

July 2 is the day of anise drinks, alcoholic beverages made from the fermentation and refining of alcohol and the soaking of the fruits of the anise plant in the liquid.
Anise stars 

Anise drinks are consumed in most Mediterranean countries, mainly in Spain, Italy, Portugal, Turkey, Greece, Lebanon, Cyprus, Israel and France. The anise drink is colorless, and when mixed with water or other liquids a cloudy white color is obtained. This is because the drinks are made up of alcohol and oil distilled from the anise seeds. Anise seed oil does not dissolve in water (a feature called hydrophobicity) but dissolves in the alcohol. When water is added to the anise and alcohol mixture, the alcohol concentration decreases and the average polarity increases to such an extent that the anise oil no longer melts in it and it separates out of the mixture while creating very tiny drops. The round oil droplets refract the light rays that hit them in all directions and the result is that the resulting drink looks white, the condition that occurs is called an emulsion.

The anise drinks are made from several plants: anise, simple fennel, wormwood, shrub wormwood and ice licorice.
Aniseed drinks are very popular and are drunk in different places in different forms.
The different types of aniseed drinks and the countries in which they are drunk:
In the Middle East, arak (Arabic: عَرَق) is an alcoholic beverage produced mainly in Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and Israel. The name originated in Arabic, and means "sweat" (due to the refining process by evaporation and dripping).

In Greece they drink Ouzo (Greek: Ούζο), a drink made from grapes or crushed raisins, sometimes with the addition of spices and other fruits during the fermentation stage. The mixture can be added, according to the manufacturer's choice, to additional ingredients such as coriander, cloves, angel root, licorice, mint, fennel, almonds, cinnamon and horseradish.
In Turkey they drink Raki and in Tunisia they drink Boukha. 
In Europe, absinthe is drunk, which contains a high percentage of ethanol and is seasoned with plant extracts, including the wormwood plant from the absinthe wormwood species. The color of the drink is green, and its taste is reminiscent of the taste of anise. It is sometimes mistakenly referred to as "liqueur", but absinthe is not bottled with added sugar and is therefore classified as a distilled liquor or spirit.

In France they drink pastis. (French: Pastis), a French liqueur and aperitif which usually contains 40-45% alcohol by volume (there are also non-alcoholic types). The name originates from an Occitan language, a southern French dialect, meaning "cake" or "mixture", or "narrow", "unpleasantness" or "confusing situation".
In Italy Sambuca is drunk and legend has it that when a girl would bring her heart choice to her parents, they would dine together. At the end of the meal the mother of the family would serve a sambuca. If the father received the drink with three coffee beans (a sign of the Holy Trinity: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit) a sign that the mother had given her approval.
In Central Asia they drink Kumis which is made from mare's milk or donkey milk in a horse-skin container called "Saba". The drink contains small amounts of alcohol so drink large amounts to feel drunk. 

 July 2 is also UFO Day

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